May 11, 2009

$2.2 million towards Port Fairy Community Services Centre

$2.2 million towards Port Fairy Community Services Centre

MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon Anthony Albanese MP

The Minister for Infrastructure, Transport,

Regional Development and Local Government

Leader of the House

Member for Grayndler

May 11 2009

Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Local Government, and Bill Shorten, Parliamentary Secretary for Victorian Bushfire Reconstruction, have announced the Rudd Labor Government will offer $2.2 million towards the new Port Fairy Community Services Centre in Victoria.

The project will deliver a modern community precinct for Port Fairy residents, which is also capable of serving as a Municipal Emergency Coordination Centre.

The centre will support jobs during construction and on an ongoing basis by delivering more services to the community.

Federal funding for the $3.7 million project is part of our $800 million Community Infrastructure Program – the largest one-off investment in local infrastructure in Australia’s history.

Through the Rudd Government’s economic stimulus plan, we are investing in major projects like this to support local jobs and economies during the global recession.

The project will encourage investment in Port Fairy’s economy, including through the installation of video conferencing technology for local businesses to better link with businesses in Melbourne and beyond.

Once complete, this centre, which is being managed by the Moyne Shire Council, will bring together a range of services.

Located at Campbell Street, it will include a kindergarten and playground, early childhood facilities, and childcare, maternal, child health and parenting support services.

The Port Fairy Community Services Centre will have two multi-purpose meeting rooms and three consulting rooms for visiting health specialists.

The funding announced today builds on more than $520,000 that the Rudd Government has already delivered for 22 local projects in the Moyne Shire Council this year.

Nearly 70 per cent of the economic stimulus plan is infrastructure with construction projects already underway. More than 3,000 projects are being funded through the Government’s Community Infrastructure Program across Australia to support local jobs.